Once Boston Tan Co. was a tiny little shop with just nine beds?so tiny, in fact, that it shared its space with a hair salon. 30 years later, the company has grown so large, it now boasts more than 17 separate tanning rooms, where clients can adopt a golden glow and enjoy their personal music in private. The equipment includes three levels of UV beds and booths, some outfitted with face and shoulder lamps, and cooling systems, and some with 360 technology to avoid tan lines. Meanwhile, those who seek a sun-kissed look that doesn't involve basking in UV rays or steeping themselves in strong tea can opt for Mystic Tan spray tans, which mist skin evenly in just 60-seconds.
SMART TAN SALONS FasterSafer UVplus earns its acclaim by sun-kissing hides with an array of tanning services, from beds and facial tanners to UV-free spray tanning. An educated staff of body bronzers guides patrons to their best tanning option after a complimentary skin-type analysis, which determines skin sensitivity and penchant for turning sunshine into superpowers. One of the beds, standup booths, or facial tanners gently shades skin with high-pressure bulbs while keeping bodies cool with air-conditioning, entertaining ears with iPod music selections, and boosting the tongue's self-esteem with voice-guided controls. Alternatively, spray booths coat skin in an even, natural-looking bronze without UV rays. Clients relax amid the cosmopolitan vibes emanating from the stone mantel fireplace and leather couches and take advantage of complimentary amenities such as towels, aromatherapy, and manicure UV protectors to ensure that painted finger portraits of Winston Churchill don't fade.
The Solar System's fleet of top-notch tanning beds uses varying wattages to tint bodies in a rainbow of bronzes. Horizontal and vertical UV bulbs illuminate beds from KBL and Titan Tower. The KBL Max 10 flaunts extras such as customizable aromatherapy, cooling mist, and an audio system that broadcasts personal MP3 playlists, whether they play relaxing piano concertos or practical pneumonic devices to remember the boss's favorite ice-cream flavors. The Sunless VersaSpa spray booth kisses complexions with faux sun in three minutes, misting on a natural shade that endures for up to 10 days. Professional products are also available to accelerate and extend the lifespan of tans. The salon's sunny confines are accented by orange and red hues, hardwood floors, and leather waiting-room chairs strewn with zebra-print throw pillows.
At Beleza Pura Spa, aestheticians bustle about, beautifying clients with a range of professional services. As one technician adorns a face with custom-blended airbrush makeup, another adds rich color to the skin with a natural Bronze Biologic tanning solution. To keep clients feeling and looking younger, skin specialists administer facials, anti-cellulite body wraps, and advanced metabolism-boosting Sudatonic treatments. The spa also hosts teen parties that allow guests to pick from a range of facial treatments.
The tanning booth's bulbs emit a soothing glow sans UV rays. Instead, the light works beneath the skin as the body absorbs wavelengths of infrared light. Known as red-light therapy, the infrared waves help enhance appearance from the inside out by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing skin and wrinkles. This treatment complements Ultimate Tanning's service menu, which includes traditional UV tanning and custom airbrush tanning. The studio also houses a salon for hair and nails, where stylists use high-end products, such as Aquage shampoos, formaldehyde-free Simply Smooth keratin treatments, and shears welded from Prince's platinum record collection.